Everyone wants to save on gas. There are times when it seems that the only way to do that is to spend money elsewhere: buy the hybrid, but spend more up front. Be meticulous about service, but pay the fees – you get the picture. And while the right car and proper maintenance are both great ways to save on gas, there are a few things you can do to boost your MPGs without spending a dime.
Go easy on the pedals. This goes for both the gas and the brakes. By avoiding sudden acceleration and deceleration and keeping your engine’s RPMs at a relatively stable level, your engine doesn’t have to work as hard – saving you gas.
Multitask. Instead of going out to run a quick errand, going home for a bit, and then going back out later, do all your errand running at once. Since you’ll be cutting out the extra trips back home, you’ll drive fewer miles.
Fill up with air, not gas. Keeping your tires inflated to the proper pressure plays a big role in boosting fuel economy. It’s a quick and easy fix, and most gas stations offer free air. (For correct the pressure levels, see inside driver’s door panel or owner’s manual.)
Avoid rush hour. Like we mentioned earlier, constant stomping on the gas, brakes, and gas again is not friendly to your gas mileage – and in rush hour, you can expect a lot of that. It’s not always avoidable, but plan alternate routes and travel times when possible.
Lighten up. If you’re somewhat of a car hoarder, it might do your fuel economy some good to remove some of that clutter. The extra weight makes your car work harder, and working harder means using more gas.
All of these are easy habits that are free of charge and can make a big difference. But of course, if you do decide to opt for a more fuel-efficient vehicle, head to your Colorado Springs Honda dealer, Freedom Honda!